1. They're emotionally abusive.
A manipulator is indefinitely an emotionally abusive person. They are unpredictable with their spouts of anger and known to lash out fortuitously.
2. You're constantly apologizing.
After an argument you are the one always doing the apologizing. You stop and ask yourself, why am I saying sorry when I wasn't the one in the wrong? A manipulator is sufficient at placing the blame on anyone else besides themselves. In fact, they are so good at it that they will have you almost certain that you're the problem.
3. You're putting in all the work.
Dating a master manipulator often means that you'll be the one doing all of the dirty work in the relationship. This includes making plans, texting, calling, etc. You will find yourself putting in every last bit of effort to keep the relationship alive.
4. They're charming as f*ck.
A manipulator knows how to use their charm to get what they want. They know how to captivate in an alluring and charismatic way and they’re damn good at it too.
5. They're undependable.
You're unable to rely on them from the very beginning. A manipulator will be inconsistent and often times noticeably distant. They know how to portray themselves as being reliable in order to keep you around, but strictly on their terms.
6. They crave control.
The control is always in their hands because they need to feel dominant. They are the one who will decide where the relationship is going. It's their way or the highway and you're just along for the ride. Control means power and a manipulator thrives off of both.
7. They'll never change.
They might alter their ways a tiny bit in order to please you, but they perpetually go back to their old ways once you’re satisfied. A manipulator cannot change because they don't want to change.